Chicken Health Archives

There’s no end to how much can be said about understanding chicken behavior. Chickens are downright fascinating to watch and get to know. And don’t for one minute think they are dumb. They have the memory and smarts of a young child and are beyond rewarding to have in your life.

  • Chickens are very social creatures. They will gladly share a nest and will roost together.
  • Like humans, your flock will display a great variation in behavior and temperament. Certain breeds will act one way and an individual bird will come with its own set of traits.
  • Chickens have their own vocabulary. Some say there are up to 30 different sounds!
  • Believe it or not, they can be trained to perform tricks. Much to the delight of kids of all ages.

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Happy hens are happy campers. They also are better egg producers. And when we care for the creatures in our lives, we want the best for them. Our chickens amuse us with their antics so we should do everything we can to keep them from being bored. With that in mind, here are some ideas you may want to try.

— Given the fact that chickens love to peck, try hanging a cabbage in the chicken coop and watch them have at it.

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Happy hens make happy egg producers. And chickens love to take a bath. But you’re thinking about the saying, “Mad as a wet hen.” So how do chickens bathe?

A dust bath. They love it and it’s one of the most enjoyable sights for the chicken owner. If you don’t believe me, go online and search for videos of chickens having the time of their life getting clean.

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Poisonous Plants To Chickens

Below is a list of plants poisonous to chickens. If you are free-ranging your flock, you probably won’t have to worry. This is because hens aren’t stupid. If they happen to come across any of these plants, they are likely to keep on going.

However, if you keep your chickens in a backyard coop, they may think it’s okay to eat anything you give them. After all, they trust you! With that in mind…

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Raising Chickens For Eggs: The Best Breeds

 

Imagine! Hens will start to lay eggs when they are between 4 to 6 months old. And they will keep on producing into their teens. A good egg layer will provide you with 150-200 eggs in one year. Even though eggs come in different colors, they all taste the same. Each hen always lay the same color. If you are a brand new chicken owner, starting with 4 birds will give you 20 to 28 eggs a week.

Now let’s get a little bit technical and talk about the different chicken breeds and which are the best for laying eggs. And yes, I realize reading about the different names of these hens may make you wonder how you’ll ever become familar with the different breeds…

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Building Your Own Chicken Coop

chicken coopsA chicken coop is the first thing you’ll be thinking about if you are planning on keeping chickens in your backyard. You’ll want your flock to have a secure and cozy place in which to live.

If you are a do-it-yourselfer or you don’t want to invest in ready-made poultry sheds, roll up your sleeves and prepare to build your own hen house. Even novices can turn out a perfectly well-constructed shed for their new family additions.

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Keeping Chickens Stress Free

We all know what stress does to us. When it goes unchecked, it literally makes us sick. As humans, we’ll do whatever it takes to live as stress-free as possible. No living creature is immune to stress. So keeping chickens stress-free will be your goal.

Chickens are very sensitive to their surroundings. So when stressed, they too, can become ill. This happens because the reaction to stress lowers the pH in their systems. So they are more prone to disease. And these stress hormones are passed on to their eggs.

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Raising Chickens From Hatch To Scratch

Raising chickens is one of the most rewarding endeavors you will ever engage in. So here’s some tips to keep in mind at the beginning of the chick’s life.

You want your chickens to be healthy and happy. It’s recommended you buy day-old chicks or if you prefer, hatch them out yourself. All babies are adorable and baby chicks certainly take the prize!

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Maintaining Health In Your Chickens

Keeping Chickens

Keeping chickens will be rewarding when you take care of their health before there is a problem. That means prevention. Much better than having to cure a disease. So where do we start when taking care of chickens?

Good husbandry is important implementing good preventive measures to help keep illness and disease at bay and mortality rates low in our feathered friends.

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Buying Healthy Chickens Checklist

You’ve decided keeping chickens in the backyard appeals to you and you’re ready to get started. Once you’ve found the place to buy chickens, there’s some things you should be aware of. You want healthy chickens. If you aren’t on first-name bases with these birds, you’ll need a guide to help you along.

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